Thursday, March 29, 2012

New Browse Options in DAR Repository Promote Discovery

This week, the Digital Archive and Research Repository, more commonly referred to as DAR, debuted 8 new browsing options. The additional browsing options offer researchers new ways to discover content. In addition to browsing by Communities and Collections, Author, Title, Issue Date, and Keyword, researchers may now discover resources using the following categories:
  1. Office
    Check out contributions from 45 different administrative offices and departments.
  2. Date
    Find relevant research based on the date the item was created or published.
  3. Department
    Browse theses, publications, research, and Arab Spring scholarship contributed by AUC students, faculty, and staff.
  4. Discipline
    Refine your search by 36 AUC disciplines.
  5. Course
    Find student research by the AUC course number.
  6. Format
    Browse different formats, including theses, interviews, and newsletters.
  7. Type
    Browse by item type: sound, moving image, etc.
  8. Language
    Check out our content in English and Arabic.
The new discovery tools would not have been possible without the efforts of personnel in University Academic Computing Technologies.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

University on the Square Collection Updates

Almost a year and a half after it's launch, the University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century History project has been successful in collecting more than 4,000 photographs and over 300 videos. Moreover, oral historians in the Economic and Business History Research Center have conducted over 50 interviews with political activists, student demonstrators, and academics to capture a full picture of the January 25th Revolution. As they are processed and described, photos, videos, oral histories, and original artwork are made available in the Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Library. If you would like to donate material, visit the University on the Square Web site or try our Facebook app developed by University Academic Computing Technologies. The app allows you to donate entire Facebook albums to the project.

Child demonstrator standing on a tank
In addition to the contributions showcased in the Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Library, AUCians have contributed some of their own research. Students, faculty, and staff have added more than 80 papers, presentations, and publications related to the Egyptian Revolution and Arab Spring to the Digital Archive and Research Repository, more commonly known as DAR.